From Dan Brown's MasterClass

The Secret of Secrets

Dan provides parting words of wisdom and encouragement and reveals the never-before-seen artifact he promised to share in the first lesson of his class.

Topics include: The Secret of Secrets


Dan provides parting words of wisdom and encouragement and reveals the never-before-seen artifact he promised to share in the first lesson of his class.

Topics include: The Secret of Secrets

Dan Brown

Teaches Writing Thrillers

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At the beginning of this MasterClass, I made a promise to you. I told you that I would admit something to you that I had never admitted to anyone, and that I would show you an artifact that only I had seen. And of course, we know how important keeping promises is to the storytelling process. So I want to do that now. After I wrote "The Da Vinci Code" and it became so popular, I sat down to write my next novel. And I very quickly discovered that it was much harder than I thought to write when you know that a lot of people are going to read what you've written. It turned out to be a six-year process. And about three years into it, I was really questioning whether or not I could do it. And I decided to try to trick myself into believing that I had already written the book. And I thought this book was going to be called "The Secret of Secrets." And so what I did is I actually created the book. I created an artifact right here, "The Secret of Secrets." What this book is, I'm not even sure what book it is. I just stuck a fake cover on the front of this. I made this on my computer. And every morning, I would sit down and I would hold this book, and I would say, well, I can feel the weight of the book. I can see the book. It actually already exists. All I have to do is write it. And as a little bit of extra impetus, a little bit of extra enthusiasm, I printed a copy of the New York Times bestseller list. And I photoshopped "The Secret of Secrets" into the number one spot trying to convince myself that the book had already been written, had already been published, and was already successful. This was just a trick to get me through that really tough time in writing a novel. And the reason I'm telling you this is that writing a novel is an enormous undertaking, and self-doubt will be part of that process. There will be days you just don't know if you can do it. And on those dates, what is going to save you is your process, your ritual. So if you're just starting to write a novel, go create that process. Go create that ritual. And if you are in the middle of a novel right now, recommit to that ritual. And I wish you the very best of luck.

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Packed with secret symbols and high-stakes suspense, Dan Brown’s thrillers have sold more than 250 million copies and include one of the world’s best-selling novels, The Da Vinci Code. In his writing class, Dan unveils his step-by-step process for turning ideas into gripping narratives. Learn his methods for researching like a pro, crafting characters, and sustaining suspense all the way to a dramatic surprise ending.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Definitely worth the money just for this class alone. Truly a great class. Thank you so much!

Loved everything about these sessions. Thank you so much for sharing, Dan - I was like a kid in a candy store throughout!

Every single lesson was valuable in the course. This was the best writing course so far and I am so thankful you had Dan Brown give a Masterclass. Thank You!

By far the best masterclass in the category of writing. Dan Brown's advice is straightforward, helpful, open, and practical.


A fellow student

It was incredible, the class help me a lot. Dan Brown is a perfect teacher. Thanks!!!


I resisted going directly to this video because I wanted that pay-off. Thanks again, Mr. Brown.

Rob S.

Really inspired me to pick up the novel I finished and complete that very final edit so i can get onto the next book. I was reminded of a lot of things, but the key one for me was Process - I need to get back to just writing ! Brilliant - thank you.

Holly R.

This was insightful and inspirational! One of my favorite classes so far. Thank you!

Jenny W.

Noo, don't leave. I could watch like thousands of these videos. So sad it's over now. I'll sure rewatch it soon. Thank you so much for this masterclass!

Mary S.

I judge each of the classes on the videos and not the workbooks. I like classes that are interactive and show us how its done. Martin Scorsese and Dan Brown tell us how they did it but so far both Ron Howard and Aaron Sorkin set time aside to show us how it's done. Yes he can write a novel. Can't tell if he was speaking off the top of head or using a teleprompter. I learned some new things but he is not my kind of teacher.

Roberto L G.

Clear, concise, complete, straightforward, generous, brilliant, excellent. It is more than a Master Class. Thank you, Mr. Brown.

Cynthia H.

Good Course - I wish that he would continue into an advanced course! How can you stop this level of training! I wish that he'd write a Master's Master course!

Dwight H.

An artifact, the secrets of secrets, that only I, have seen. I was watching the end of The DaVinci Code when Professor Langdon finds the tomb of Mary and noticed something when he was walking through the arch and the Pyramid Inversee comes into view. If you pause the video you can see a white spot at the corner of the building behind the Inversee. From playing video games I recognized the artifact almost right away as the open mouth of Pac-Man. See the transformative image below. After using Gimp to over lay an open mouthed Pac-Man over the Inversee and placing a white dot over the area of the white dot of the building the image took on a second layer. The second layer is of an ancient Egyptian pyramid in the hot and yellowing haze of a blazing white sun in the back ground. With so many different patterns or paths to take in the game Pac-Man the next route is a triangulation from the point of the Inversee to the white spot that is approximately positioned at 1:30 pm or am for that matter. DaVinci is definitely encoded in the game Pac Man as all sides are square just like the Inversee is square. As Professor Langdon walks towards the Inversee, the polished medallions on the ground but pellets of power, points of direction towards the center. Inversee as seen by Dr. Langdon as he passes through the arch The image of Pac Man and the Grid transformed into a Egyptian pyramid with hot blazing white sun. There is something more going on in the DaVinci Code....something that we are being directed towards for our own future. ...for everyone's future The Holy Grail ' neath ancient lace and silk, she waits. Adorned in masters loving arms, she lies. The blade and chalice watch, silently up the glistening Chaya do they stroke their wooden boats. A pack on either's back, one filled with dark red consumption, the other with ravage, Passing through the rocky cliffs and into half clouded shadows. As he rests her in meadow, fielded with golden daisy's, beneath the starry skies. Perhaps on other planets when the above images align with each other starting on Earth, such as a mountain range that look like a pyramid with the sun in the same setting as the Inversee is at night then a Rose Line, a direction of points, from Earth to the Moon, to Mars will align to point in the direction of another habitable planet with life on it or the start of a New Eden. For he traveled the maze of points, the dots in Pac Man or planets in the Universe, Setting a foot in front of in-domination, the pyramid of the Inversee a point of power and growth that he buried her under. Not to stand idle and be content but to ravage the Universe with his unquenchable lust and desire....for her. Basically each planet being a point on which men shall build points of power that other men must travel to and brave the rigors of in order to carry her to lofty heights to ensure that human life is spread across the Universe.

Katrina F.

Absolutely brilliant. Dan Brown delivers a perfect blend of tools and inspiration. I'm ready to go!